Mass of Christian Burial for Edward J. Lacher, 79, of Ipswich, is 10:00 am Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Ipswich. Fr. Randy Phillips, Fr. Roger Geditz and Fr. J.P. Morgan Co-Celebrants. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
A Liturgical Wake and Rosary is 6:30 pm Friday at Holy Cross.
Visitation is Noon to 4:00 pm Friday at Gramm Funeral Home in Ipswich and one hour prior to services at the church.
Edward J. Lacher was born in Fountain Township, Edmunds County, S.D., on March 2, 1931 to Joseph and Magdalena (Roth) Lacher. He attended all eight grades of grade school in rural school in Fountain Towhship. He graduated from high school in Ipswich in 1950, and attended Minor Seminary at St. John's in Collegeville, Minnesota for one year.
Ed served in the United States Marine Corps from February 1952 to February 1954 with the 2nd and 3rd Divisions.
Upon his honorable discharge from service he returned to Ipswich. He married Doris Schaefbauer on June 20, 1970. They made their home in Ipswich. He farmed with his father and brother for several years. Ed served on the board of township supervisors for many years. He was a rural mail carrier, retiring in 1992, after thirty years as a carrier.
Ed was a member of the American Legion and had served as adjutant and commander. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Knights of Columbus and Ipswich Flying Club when he held a private pilot's license.
Ed's faith was very important to him as he served on the Holy Cross School Board and was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church. He was a choir director for several years when Mass was still said in Latin. He was a Lector and Eucharistic Minister in the church. Ed was very pro-life and belonged to the Right-To-Life Movement.
He cherished times spent with family and friends.
Ed died Wednesday October 6, 2010 at Golden Living Center in Ipswich.
Survivors include daughter, Rose(Jason Hall) Lacher-Hall, of Blue Earth, MN; son, Brad Lacher, of Ipswich, S.D.; four grandchildren, Chandler, Sidney and Emma Lacher, and Sophia Hall; sisters, Teresa Morgan, Bea Rahrick and Viola (Jim) Gillick, all of Ipswich; brother, Daniel (Jessie) Lacher, of Ipswich; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and daughter-in-law, Skye Lacher.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, on November 5, 2000; parents, Joseph and Magdalena Lacher; three sisters, Rose Lacher, Lillian Geditz and Minnie Hammrich and three brothers-in-law George Rahrick, Steve Hammrich and Tom Morgan .